incapable adj Incapable, incompetent, unqualified mean mentally or physically unfit, or unfitted by nature, character, or training, to do a given kind of work.
Except for this denial of fitness the terms otherwise correspond to the affirmative adjectives in their attributive use as discriminated at ABLE, especially when their limitations in application and their distinguishing implications are considered.
Analogous words: inefficient, ineffective: disabled, crippled, debilitated (see WEAKEN)
Antonyms: capable
Contrasted words: competent, *able, qualified: efficient, *effective

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